I've been collecting bonsai for about ten years, I don't grow or style, I buy material and rely on Marco to do that for me once a year, but I am resopnsible to maintain, repot, pluck needles and decandle my pines, and keep my trees healthy. My entire collection consist of conifers(24). My favorite trees are Itowgawas. I have several JBPs that thrive here in my hellish climate. I've tried twice to keep JWPs with no luck, to hot. I have lusted after a JRP for about five years not having any luck finding one that suits my taste. Good ones are fairly rare, seldom for sale and usually out of my price range. Sean Kelly at Riverbay Bonsai contacted me a week ago and said he had one for sale and would I be interested in seeing some pictures, I said do you have to ask. JRP are much slower growers than JBP, but require much the same care. It didn't take me long to pull the trigger on Sean's tree. It is of course a yamadori and who knows how old, but old. Mother Nature provided a great start, now Marco will perform his magic on it in two weeks and it should turn out to be a nice tree.